Amelia, of course, basked in another opportunity to be on stage today at the school’s “Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day” Program. Ben tolerated both the tie and the performance, but he did a great job as well. And now, I am very thankful for a much-needed Thanksgiving Break!
And here’s Amelia’s Thanksgiving sentence, very sweet:
Here are two songs from Amelia’s first performance with the Virginia Children’s Chorus on Saturday. This was an informal performance (hence the T-shirts), fortunately, so we’ll see how she does (i.e., wardrobe fidgeting in 2nd song) in her next formal show. In the second song, you’ll see Amelia mimic her teacher’s “eyes on me” cue at the very beginning of the song, but apparently that didn’t hinder the T-shirt twisting.
A great Halloween night of childhood fun!
Amelia loved parading in her costume at school today and then performing with the other kindergartners, 1st graders, and 2nd graders, followed, of course, by a class party. Little kids get to have all the fun, but at least we get to watch!
Time to carve some pumpkins!
The kids and I had a great time running the Monster Mile Friday night (Alek was there to cheer us on, too). It was Ben’s third time running this race, but it was Amelia’s first time running any type of organized race. She ran the whole way (while holding my hand, at her insistence) and had a blast. Then Alek and I ran the Wicked 10K on Saturday. It was a beautiful morning – perfect race weather – and as usual, most runners were decked out in awesome costumes. I hope we made our kids proud as Maui and Moana!
Great day doing an 8-mile round-trip hike to McAffe Knob (one of the most photographed spots on the Appalachian Trail) with the kids. Amelia was fading a bit by mile 8, but she rallied and did great! Amazing views and beautiful weather (started off around 48 in the morning but quickly warmed up and stayed around 70 for most of the day).
First stop of our fall weekend, Humpback Bridge, and then a short, beautiful hike at Roaring Run.
Amelia knew she wanted to be a witch for Halloween this year and had a very specific image in her head of what her costume should look like. We searched on-line but to no avail, so she was destined for a custom-made (by mom) costume this year. She explained the design and colors she wanted, we went fabric shopping, and then I spent a few evenings sewing. The result was a one-of-a-kind witch costume for our one-of-a-kind little girl. She is thrilled and can’t wait for Halloween to arrive!
We said goodbye to our first family dog this morning. He’s been an integral part of our lives for the past 13 years, adding so much fun and love, but it became clear over the past several weeks that the kindest thing we could do for him now was to say goodbye.
In going through old photos, I’ve come across hundreds that I could share, but here are a few from a camping trip we took almost exactly six years ago (Baby Amelia had stayed home with grandparents).
Cooper was the best, just, the best. Our hearts have broken a little in saying goodbye, but nothing compared with how much he’s filled them. Thank you for loving us so well, Coop. We will always love you.